Monday, March 19, 2012

Kanaya's bird garden & doll picnic birthday party

Another birthday party... Kanaya turned 9 last February, and she wanted a bird theme party. It was only a small party, so I thought that we had to make it a little different than other parties. So we decided to make a doll party too. Every girl that's invited got to bring their favorite dolls with them. Kanaya was very excited with this idea, since she got a new baby doll, Mell Chan that she'd like to show her friends.

The party color scheme is pink & red. I used doilies for almost everything: invitation, decoration, banners, favors, etc. They're cheap but really made things prettier.

Almost everything was made by Mba Riani, DapurQ: the cupcakes (the best red velvet cupcakes I ever taste and Kanaya's favorite vanilla cupcakes), strawberry pudding, and lovely bird cookies.

I happened to got this red-white polkadot tea set last Christmas, and the cups and saucers really matched the color scheme.

The others were just strawberry wafers, lollipops from Fantasy, and strawberry milk in bottles.

Like I said before, lots of doilies were involved...

Also on the favors bag...

I made the hair bow and the bird felt pencil topper myself.

As you see on the title, it's a picnic party, meaning that no chairs were needed (meaning I didn't have to spend money to rent them :)). So I threw flowery fabric on carpet for the girls...

... and made a separated picnic area for the dolls. I used Kanaya's tea party toys and they looked very adorable... :)

The dolls also got the mini version of their owners' party hat... :)

I bought some stickers for the girls to decorate their hats while they were waiting for others to come.

The games were simple but were hits:

1. Each girl had to introduce her doll. Kanaya got to choose which one had the most interesting/ funniest way to tell about her doll, and that girl got a prize.

2. I showed the girls a tray filled with 10 doll stuffs (mostly Mell Chan's stuff): blue doll shoes, pink doll shoes, mini umbrella, milk bottle, mini toothbrush, mini toothpaste, little hat, little doll bag, a cute doll dress, and a toy spoon. I showed them for about 10 seconds while told them the name of each stuff. After that I hid the tray and the girls had to write those stuffs on a piece of paper. Girls who could write 10 stuffs would get prizes. And there were 3 girls who could write all the stuffs!

3. We put all the dolls in one laundry basket. Each girl took turn to be blind folded and had to look for her doll by touching. This time, every girl got a prize coz ofcourse it was an easy game. But surely this game was the biggest hit.

After tired of laughing and screaming during the games, the girls were ready to eat. The dolls went to their picnic area (unfortunately I don't have the photo). After praying, the girls decided the dessert table were their first stop, not the main meal table. They were all together picked the same first sweet: the bird cookies! I guess the cookies were too adorable to be eaten later. Then, I couldn't stop them when they ate lollipop before their meal...

The day ended with all girls played together with their dolls. Kanaya got her best day in a year today.

Happy birthday my Kanaya. I love you very much... :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Joel Dewberry fabric wishlist

Recently, I got 2 sides my bedroom painted in olive color, and it made me obsessed with Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 collection in Granite.

I thought the yellow will glow in the room & the black will suit the black tile on my bedroom floor.

These are the patterns that I love the most:

Haven't got them all, but I managed to bought the Sparrows in Vintage Yellow from zeetzeet @ etsy. It was her last 2 yards.

I'm saving money now, to buy the rest... :)

Trellis fever

Lately I've been looking for trellis pattern fabric for my home. I found the trellis patterns have traditional value yet look very modern. We can found it in Islam art, Chinese art, and others, but can elegantly decorate a modern space.

These are some examples:

Schumacher Imperial Trellis

Michael Miller Garden Trellis

Robert Kaufman Metro Living

Joel Dewberry Lodge Lattice in Bark
Joel Dewberry Lodge Lattice in Vintage Yellow
Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow
Robert Kaufman Celadon Fret.jpg
M. Miller - Paula Prass Mod Lattice in Seafoam
M. Miller - Paula Prass Mod Lattice in Pastille

And I got those last two!!

I bought them from zeetzeet @ etsy. The trellis/ lattice pattern is so amazing. You can see a bit of Chinese & a bit of French there. You can check out the whole collection by the designer (Paula Prass for Michael Miller) here.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Restoring old cardboard box with Rolobox

About a year ago (I know took so long for me to review), I bought this Rolobox from eBay.

According to the website, it's a reusable set of wheels and brackets that can be fitted to any cardboard box with the chunky nuts and bolts provided. For me it's simply a wonderful set of cute wheels to make your old cardboard box usable & look better.

I couldn't find a nice box back then, so I used what I found to be a box with decent size and right thickness.

It wasn't hard at all to assemble. It had a very clear instruction on the package, in the website, and even you can find it on You Tube. It's so easy that Ezra could help me (he's 2,5 years old back then).

After tired of pulling it around the house, Ezra decided to make it a storage for his favorite plane & airport toys.

Now, after taking picture of it, I think it's time to change the box. It's quite a wreck now :)

I think a plain cardboard would look better, but... instead of buying a new flawless plain cardboard, it's better to find an old cardboard from your household packaging, and dress it with wrapping paper or something. The point is restoring old things, right?

OK, gotta go looking for boxes... :)